Week 4 November 2008: Rain = 26.5mm.  Total for month = 126.5mm monthly average = 80mm this is an excellent result and the garden is appreciating the extra rain.

Firstly we have a report on our edible exotics. Our Pineapple Feijoa, pear, persimmon, passionfruit and olive plants are all in full flower. Also we have some raspberries, still in pots that have produced some delicious fruit.

We made up some fruit fly attractant this week and put up some baited bottles in the trees in the orchard.

One day, this week, was so cold that we lit the fire. The temperature, in our lounge room was less than ten degrees centigrade before the fire warmed the room.

Spent some time potting on some seedlings and cuttings this week.

Double Bar Finches appear to have taken up residence around our house. This week we saw a flock of six and a pair appears to be building a nest in a wattle not far from the house.

More avian observations this week. A Horsefield Bronze Cuckoo was sighted about 100 metres from the house and a juvenile Pallid Cuckoo was perched on the branches of an expired Acacia implexa just to the west of the house. We donít have to travel far from the house to observe a wide and interesting range of birds.

We have mentioned the Grey Thrushes that have nested, in the same structure, in our plant plastic house a number of times. This week we found a Thrush sitting on three eggs in the same nest. This is just on a month since the three young were raised in this nest. This would be the ultimate in avian recycling.

Two early summer-flowering wattles are beginning to bloom. Acacia irrorata and Acacia oshanesii are both species with bipinnate foliage similar to the well-known Acacia baileyana, the Cootamundra Wattle. These two species prolong the spring feel to the garden.

New on the Site: Grevillea Bronze Rambler, Grevillea confertifolia, Grevillea x gaudichaudii and Grevillea Poorinda Royal Mantle.


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